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What is a coronavirus? What is SARS-CoV-2 and what is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

The most recently discovered coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Introduction to Coronaviruses (SARS, MERS, COVID 19): Hosts, Symptoms, History of SARS and MERS